Tyndrum Lower railway station

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Tyndrum Lower National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Taigh an Droma Ìochdrach[1]
Tyndrum Lower railway station in 1988.jpg
Location
Place Tyndrum
Local authority Stirling
Coordinates 56°26′01″N 4°42′49″W / 56.4336°N 4.7135°W / 56.4336; -4.7135Coordinates: 56°26′01″N 4°42′49″W / 56.4336°N 4.7135°W / 56.4336; -4.7135
Grid reference NN327301
Operations
Station code TYL
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 3,928
2013/14 Increase 4,082
2014/15 Increase 5,334
2015/16 Increase 5,488
2016/17 Increase 5,510
History
Original company Callander and Oban Railway
Pre-grouping Callander and Oban Railway operated by Caledonian Railway
Post-grouping LMS
1 August 1873 Original terminus opened as Tyndrum[2]
1 May 1877 Original terminus closed[2]
1 May 1877 Through station opened as Tyndrum[2]
28 February 1956 Renamed as Tyndrum Lower[2]
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Tyndrum Lower from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Tyndrum Lower railway station is one of two railway stations serving the small village of Tyndrum in Scotland. This station is on the Oban branch of the West Highland Line, originally part of the Callander and Oban Railway. Most trains currently serving Fort William and Oban split or join at Crianlarich, with the result that separate trains both heading in the same direction generally call at Tyndrum's two stations at about the same time[clarification needed]. Services are operated by Abellio ScotRail.

History[edit]

This station opened on 1 August 1873 as a terminal station. This was the first railway station in the village of Tyndrum. Until 1877, it was the western extremity of the Callander and Oban Railway.

Tyndrum Lower station in 2015

In 1877, the Callander and Oban Railway was extended from Tyndrum to Dalmally. Concurrently, the station was relocated 301 yards (275 m) west,[2] onto the new through alignment. The new station was on a higher level, as the line had to climb steeply to reach the summit about 0.6 miles (1 km) to the west. The old terminus then became the goods yard. The through station was originally laid out with two platforms, one on either side of a passing loop.

In 1894, the West Highland Railway opened a second station in Tyndrum, north of the village. In 1953, the suffixes "Upper" and "Lower" were added to the station names. Services to Callander & Dunblane over the old C&O route via Strathyre ceased on 27 September 1965 - they had been scheduled for withdrawal as a result of the Beeching Axe from 1 November that year, but ended five weeks prior to that date following a landslide in Glen Ogle that blocked the trackbed.[3] All services henceforth used the 1897 connection to the WHR at Crianlarich Upper to reach Glasgow.

On 12 October 1969, the passing loop, goods yard and one of the platforms were taken out of use. The platform on the north side was retained, it being located on the same side of the railway as the village. The site of the goods yard is now used as a caravan park.

Signalling[edit]

The 1891-built signal box was located off the east end of the Down platform. It had 20 levers. The signal box closed on 12 October 1969 when the crossing loop was removed.

In 1988, the station became a Token Exchange Point in connection with the new Radio Electronic Token Block signalling system.

Services[edit]

Six trains in each direction call Mondays to Saturdays, with three departures each way on Sundays all year and an additional one each way in summer only (May to late October). The latter runs from/to Edinburgh Waverley rather than Glasgow Queen Street.[4]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Crianlarich   Abellio ScotRail
West Highland Line
  Dalmally
  Historical railways  
Crianlarich
Line and station open
  Callander and Oban Railway
Crianlarich Link Line
Operated by Caledonian Railway
  Dalmally
Line and station open
Crianlarich Lower
Line and station closed
  Callander and Oban Railway
Operated by Caledonian Railway
 

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ a b c d e Butt (1995), page 236
  3. ^ "Callander and Oban Railway" Speller,J Spellerweb.net; Retrieved 26 August 2016
  4. ^ Table 227 National Rail timetable, May 2016

Sources[edit]

  • Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8. 
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Fryer, Charles (1989). The Callander and Oban Railway. Oxford: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-8536-1377-X. OCLC 21870958. 

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